Chinese artist Zhang Daqian, has shifted from first place by Pablo Picasso in 2011, brought the greatest profit of the auction houses. Over the past year the auctioneers have sold works by Chang Dai-ch'ien more than $ 505 million, while Pablo Picasso brought "only" about $ 312 million. Thus, the picture Dai-ch'ien "Lotus and Mandarin," in May, went under the hammer at Sotheby's for $ 24, 5 million . Picasso tops the list of sales from 1997 to 2010 with a break for a year in 2007. In 2011, Spanish painter shines even getting on the podium. The second line took another Chinese artist - Qi Baishi, whose work was sold for $ 445, 1 million. The painting Dai-ch'ien "eagle sitting on a pine tree," presented as an illustration to the article, auctioned for $ 65, 5 million. Also in the top three leaders on the results of last year and got Andy Warhol with the figure of $ 324, 8 million. Experts Bloomberg note: despite the fact that the names of Chinese artists are almost unknown in the world market, they have enjoyed great popularity in China. To strengthen their positions in the ranking helps that Chinese collectors generally prefer to invest in their masters.